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Dive Review of Loloata Island in
Papua New Guinea

July, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Jill Rain, WA, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (8 reports, with 4 Helpful votes)
Report Number 1843
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
81   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
15   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
This place is quite under-rated as a dive destination.  Everything I'd read
described it as a stopover or alternative to staying in Port Moresby, which
it can be. I chose to go there after booking a liveaboard knowing it would
be crazy to go all the way to PNG just for a week, looking for another
place in the country where there might be some diving. But Loloata is good
enough to be a dive destination in itself.
The muck diving is excellent, as has been reported elsewhere, and
conveniently close to the resort: pipefish, nudibranchs, flatworms,
shrimp/gobies, crabs, cuttlefish, blennies, etc. The wonderful surprise was
the diving farther out, 15-40 minute boat ride; sites ranging from good to
excellent; bommies, walls and wrecks.  Great diversity and abundance of
reef species (butterfly fish, anemones/fish, angelf,parrotf, surgeonf,
triggerf, filef, snapper, eels, jacks, sweetlips etc, even some sharks) and
several sightings during the week there of pygmy seahorse, lacy
scorpionfish (both varieties), frogfish, leafy scorpionfish.  The wrecks,
mostly fishing trawlers, are shallow enough (less than 100') to have
plentiful coral growth (hard, soft, seafans) and associated populations
such as lionfish, sweepers, anthias, crabs, seahorses, scorpionfish,
shrimp, plus large groupers, triggerfish and barracuda around.  
The dive operation is top-notch in every way: handling equipment,
divemasters and crew above and below surface (briefings, finding and
pointing out things) helpful and competent at all times.  They will run a
boat out for even one diver.  Rates are good. Three dives a day if you want
and a night dive if requested.
The resort has a relaxing and homey atmosphere, and has everything you
need: 24-hour power, good plumbing, A/C, good food, a genuinely friendly
and always helpful staff. Each duplex bungalow has a large deck overlooking
the water and the mainland beyond, which you can enjoy (no bugs). 
Interesting assortment of wildlife on the grounds.  Altogether, a great
land-based dive destination, convenient to Port Moresby and modestly priced
in comparison to other places in this part of the world.
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